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Jens Agerström

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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My research falls mainly within social cognition and work and organizational psychology.

One research program concerns discrimination based on e.g., ethnicity, gender, obesity, and socioeconomic status. In particular, my research focuses on implicit and explicit prejudice and stereotypes as causes of discrimination in the labor market and within the health care system. To understand how both implicit and explicit biases play out in organizational settings, my research combines methods from both social psychology and behavioral economics

Another research program examines how psychological distance (e.g., temporal distance) and level of mental construal influence moral judgment, moral behavior, and anticipated emotional reactions. I also study social norms and altruism, and more specifically the practical utility of signalling local versus global norms in the context of charitable giving.

Recently, I have also conducted a series of studies about how physical pain shapes fundamental cognitive abilities, such as abstract thinking.


Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Report (Other academic)

Collection (editor) (Other academic)